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The mission of Nassau Community College’s Department of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning is to provide high quality programs and services to promote education and training to residents, business and industry on Long Island. NCC is dedicated to serving the diverse needs of its constituents and enabling access to an array of learning opportunities through credit and non-credit offerings. The department is committed to building a well educated workforce as well as enriching the lives of those in the surrounding community. The department strives to offer students experiences that balance recreation and professional development, while engaging in social, cultural, and intellectual pursuits.

Adult Continuing Education
The College offers a variety of non-credit courses for personal enrichment and growth, which are designed to broaden the professional and cultural background of the participants. The courses do not involve grades or transcripts. Many courses are offered, including business skills, career change exploration, health and wellness, personal investments, computer skills, art, language skills, dance, sports, and physical activities. For a current listing of courses and events visit the College website at or email us at For more information, call 516.572.7472.

Center for Workforce Development
Nassau Community College’s Center for Workforce Development offers a wide spectrum of educational and train­ing services to strengthen and improve the regional workforce. We deliver a variety of high-quality, cost-effective programs to business, industry, government, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. Content can be tailored to fit the needs of employers, and can take place at the College’s facilities or off-campus. Flexible scheduling allows programs to be offered conveniently.

Organizations interested in obtaining more information can contact the Center for Workforce Development by calling 516.572.7487, or e-mail at Visit our website at

Corporate Credit Programs
Corporate Credit Programs allow businesses and organizations to provide college credit-bearing courses for their employees or members. Various employers including corporations, government agencies, unions, non-profit agencies, and others have benefited from investing in a college education to develop their internal workforce. Individual course sections can be arranged at flexible times at the work site, on campus, or online. NCC's affordable tuition makes implementing a Corporate Credit program a wise investment.

Organizations interested in obtaining more information can e-mail or call 516.572.7487.

Credit by Exam
Nassau offers two options for earning college credits through testing. College level exams can help you satisfy pre-requisite requirements, graduate on time or accomplish career goals. High school and college students as well as working professionals have used college level exams to meet professional development goals, to qualify for employment or help reduce the cost of college. Professionals including teachers, firefighters, and police officers have used college level exams to meet professional development goals or to qualify for employment. Before registering for any CLEP or DSST exam consult with your advisor to be sure the subject is appropriate for your curriculum.

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    Nassau Community College is a test site for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). Sponsored by the College Board, CLEP offers the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams in the disciplines of business, composition and literature, foreign language, history and social sciences, and science and mathematics. There are 34 exams available through the College Board.
    For more information click here or contact our CLEP office by emailing or calling 516.572.9947
  • DSST Exams
    Nassau Community College is also a test site for DSST, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. The DSST exams offers the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores in the areas of social science, business, mathematics, applied technology, humanities, and physical science. There are 38 exams to choose from.
    For more information click here or contact our office by emailing or calling 516.572.9947

Drinking Driver Program (DDP)

Motorists convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), or Driving While Alcohol Impaired (DWAI) are often required by court or the Department of Motor Vehicles to participate in a 16-hour education program. Nassau Community College offers a flexible schedule with DMV certified instructors. The Department of Motor Vehicles approves curriculum and determines eligibility for the DDP program. If you are eligible, you must register at your local DMV office and select Nassau Community College as your educational partner.

For detailed information on the program visit us online or email us at or call 516.572.7201

GED Testing
Nassau Community College is authorized by the New York State Department of Education to be a GED Testing Center. The College offers Long Islanders the opportunity to take the test at NCC’s convenient Garden City campus and also encourages candidates to attend college-level credit classes upon the attainment of their diploma.

For information or a GED application, click here or call 516.572.7667

Language Center
The Language Center provides a variety of non-credit, English and Foreign Language courses. Foreign Language class offerings are based on the diverse needs of our students who may want to travel, converse with family members, attend international conferences, learn a new language, or improve business communication skills. These courses are taught at different levels, guiding students in speaking, reading, writing, and listening as well as in developing a familiarity with international customs, cultures, and traditions. We also offer classes in American Sign Language.

English courses are also offered through The Language Center of Lifelong Learning. These course offerings are less academic in nature and are geared toward students who may not be thinking of pursuing further studies at the College, but still want to improve basic English skills in reading, writing, conversation, and pronunciation. Day, evening, and weekend courses are available.

For further information, email or call 516.572.7062.

Senior Citizens Observer Program
Nassau Community College invites Nassau County senior citizens to participate in the Senior Observer Program. This program permits Nassau County residents 60 years of age and older to observe credit-bearing courses, tuition free, on a space-available basis. Seniors should be aware that there is a mandatory college-wide parking fee. While the program provides senior citizens the opportunity to observe a course, the actual extent and level of participation is at the discretion of the instructor. Certain courses at the College are not available through the Senior Observer Program. Although senior observers are not graded or given academic credit, they must meet course prerequisites.

To be eligible, participants must submit proof of age and residency (Nassau County senior citizen’s pass, driver’s license or other official documentation), and register with the Senior Observer Program office.

Further information and an application may be obtained by emailing or by calling 516.572.7472.

Special Program for Living
Special Program for Living is designed for developmentally disabled adults who have completed a secondary education. The aim of this program is to support and continue the learning experience for developmentally disabled adults over the age of 21. Course offerings include mathematics, current events, physical fitness, computers, and much more.

For more information, email or call 516.572.7487